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What is abuse?

Abuse (sometimes known as 'significant harm') can manifest in the following ways:

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When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
 
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Emotional Abuse
This would happen, for instance, when a child is all the time being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

 
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Neglect
Where a child or young person is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.

 
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Sexual Abuse
An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.

 
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Bullying
E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble. See the young person’s page on bullying
here
 
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Domestic Violence
When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another member of the family e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially. Click on
 Domestic violence for more information.